Looking Forward to a New Year
My best friend and I have an annual tradition of meeting around the end of December to talk and pray about the past year and look ahead to the new year. We share what valuable lessons we learned, what God showed us, and how He was faithful through all of it. We also look forward with great excitement wondering what God has for us in the coming year. This helps us to view each year as a season, knowing that God is sovereign and provides new experiences that will make us more like Christ.
Here are eight ways to view the coming year and every year as a year of:
New Beginnings. Start out the new year with an openness to new experiences, memories, and blessings, having an open mind and heart to wherever the Lord may take you, with full assurance and confidence that He is with you (Matt. 28:19-20).
New Possibilities. There is no limit to what God can do in your life; nothing is impossible with God. God opens doors that no man can shut and closes doors that no man can open. The possibilities are endless when we live according to His will (Phil. 4:13).
New Plans. Every year is a new season. Pray about what God has planned for you and be willing to walk by faith in obedience as you follow His leading. Remember that His plans are always for good and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope (Jer. 29:11-13).
New Purpose. God always has a purpose for what you will experience. He has a reason for what He allows in your life, and through it you can trust Him completely (Prov. 1:3-5).
New Provisions. The Bible says not to worry about tomorrow for tomorrow has enough worries of its own. Trust in your heavenly Father who knows everything you need, who is your God and your Provider. He is faithful and He will do it (Matt. 6:25-34).
New Growth. When we are willing to let go and let God work in and through us, He will always stretch us and grow us. Continue to grow in His Word and your relationship with Him. Pray for God to mold you and make you pliable in the Potter’s hand. Then watch the Master Craftsman work on His masterpiece─you!
New Wisdom. With new experiences and lessons come new wisdom and insight. Make it a priority to seek out wisdom as a hidden treasure or fine gold. Proverbs says that wisdom will set a garland of grace on your head and she will present you with a crown of splendor (Prov. 4:7-9).
Renewed Peace. As you go through new experiences and new adventures, good or bad, I encourage you to keep your eyes fixed on Christ. He will give you rest and peace because He is our peace and He loves you and cares for you deeply (John 16:33).
Let us give thanks to the Lord for getting us through another year and look forward to what He has in store for us in the new year. He is faithful and worthy to be praised!
Filoiann Wiedenhoff is a ministry wife, Bible teacher, counselor, and a guest writer for Just Between Us.